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Year 7 Mathematics


What will my child study in Mathematics during Year 7?

In Year 7 students are taught by ability groups, and cover work from five categories:

  • Number
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algebra
Term 1    Term 2     Term 3
Types of number, the four operations using efficient written methods, processing and representing data, using and converting units of measure and measuring and constructing angles. Probability, geometric properties, area and perimeter of regular 2D shapes, angle properties, algebraic notation, simplifying expressions and statistical investigation. Calculation with fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, sequences, functions and graphs, area of irregular 2D shapes, further angle properties.

Lessons are designed to develop the mathematical reasoning, fluency and problem solving ability of the students.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Maths in Year 7?

  • Students are tested at the start of Year 7 to assess their ability against their KS2 score and identify areas for development. They will then be formally assessed at the end of each half term.

  • Setting is reviewed each term, when any necessary changes are made.

  • At the end of the year students are formally assessed on all the work covered. The expected attainment for Year 7 students is between Stage 3 and Stage 6.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 7 in Maths?

  • Students are given homework each week which will consist of one task to take up to about 60 minutes to complete.

  • Homework may be set on our MyMaths resource, but the majority of homework will be written in books

How can I support my child to do well in Maths during Year 7?

  • Making sure all homework is completed to a good standard.
  • The MyMaths website is a good resource to help support your child, it can give advice on mathematical methods and how to answer questions.

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • Ruler (preferably 30 cm).
  • Protractor.
  • Compasses.
  • Scientific calculator.

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in Maths?

  • can check that their answer is reasonable, by using methods such as estimating and working backwards.
  • have good visualisation skills and can answer questions on 2-D shapes, with or without a diagram.
  • can ask questions such as “What happens if I change...?”
  • can look at what happens and begin to see a general pattern.
  • can consider different methods and select the most effective one, not just the first one that springs to mind.
  • can see the links between different areas of Mathematics, e.g. ratios, proportion, fractions and percentages.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • The MyMaths website is a good resource for them to use.
  • They can also use the Sam Learning website.

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

In the first half term the students have completed some short assessments from which teachers will be able to identify areas they are struggling with (possibly due to school closure when they were in Year 6) and these will be incorporated into lessons or how a topic is taught may be adjusted to reinforce the key ideas before moving forward.

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

For these students in Mathematics we will be making sure the basics for each topic are in place, so spending more time when teaching topics that were covered during lockdowns.

An extra period each week has been put in place for when they reach Years 8, 10 and 11, to enable any remaining gaps in knowledge to be closed and be sure they are ready for the GCSE examinations.

 

Updated October 2021